Active cases, positive test rate up in last week

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Barry County has 54 actives, 5 hospitalized with COVID-19

The number of active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and the positive test rate in Barry County both climbed in the last week.

According the Barry County Health Department and Barry County Office of Emergency Management, there have been 415 (+43) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, including one presumptive and three antibody positives. As of Sept. 10, a total of 54 (+10 from Sept. 1) people were considered active cases in isolation and five are hospitalized (-1). There are 117 close contacts (-70) quarantined in their homes.

The county has seen four deaths. A 77-year-old man a 67-year-old man, both of whom had underlying health conditions, and a 71-year-old woman and 86-year-old man, both with serious underlying health conditions all died from complications involving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

The death rate, deaths as a percentage of positive cases, in Barry County went back down in the last week from 1.1 percent to 1 percent, and the survival rate is 99 percent. The mortality rate, deaths as a percentage of population, for the county is 0.011 percent.

A total of 357 people had recovered from the virus, a gain of 25 since Sept. 1.

A total of 7,593 Barry County residents have been tested, equating to 21.1 percent of the county’s population. The 415 positives account for 1.2 percent of the county’s population, and there is a positive test rate of 5.47 percent (up 0.17 percent from Sept. 1).

According to Johns Hopkins University tracking, statewide as of Aug. 25, Missouri has had 95,534 confirmed cases and 1,673 deaths, a death rate of 1.8 percent (98.2 percent survival rate), even from last week. Nationally, there have been 6,363,729 positives and 190,887 deaths, a rate of 3 percent (97 percent survival rate), even from last week. Additionally, 2,387,479 have recovered nationally. State recovery figures are not provided.

The mortality rates for the state and nation are 0.027 percent and 0.058 percent, respectively.

The majority of the Barry County cases are still in younger residents. People under 25 account for 119 cases (29 percent, +1 from Aug. 18), those 25-40 account for 102 cases (25 percent, -1 from Aug. 18), those 41-60 account for 101 cases (24 percent, -1 from Aug. 18) and those 61-and-over account for 93 cases (22 percent, even from Aug. 18).

Gender-wise, cases among females went this week from 195 to 221, while male cases rose from 177 to 194.

Community spread continues to be the leading cause with 402 attributable cases, and the other 13 (even) are attributed to travel. Multiple area businesses have had employees with cases. As of Sept. 1, they included:

• George’s Processing Plant, 28 cases (no new)

• Bentonview Park Health and Rehabilitation, 30 cases (no new)

• Lai Lai Asian Buffet and Dining, 3 cases (no new)

• PlayPower, 2 cases, 1 Barry County resident (no new)

• EFCO, 11 cases (no new)

• Walmart (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lowe’s (Monett), 1 case (no new)

• Lacoba Homes, 41 cases (no new)

• Tyson, 9 cases (no new)

• Cricket Wireless, 1 case (no new)

• God’s Little Kingdom Preschool, 4 cases (no new)

• International Dehydrated Foods, 6 cases (no new)

• Regal Beloit, 1 case (no new)

• Acambaro Mexican Restaurant, 1 case (no new)

• Steak Inn, 2 cases (no new)

• Roark Family Health and Medical Spa, 1 case (no new)

• Marck Enterprises, 3 cases (no new)

• Taco Bell (Monett), 1 case (1 new)

As of Sept. 1, counties bordering Barry County report the following cases: Lawrence, 408; Stone, 321; McDonald, 1,000; Newton, 1,155; Benton (Ark.), 5,687; and Carroll (Ark.), 515.

Unemployment in Barry County, the most recent data available for which is from July, is down from 10 percent to 7.8 percent. The rate is up from 4.3 percent in February.

Google user data shows hikes in retail and recreation, climbing to 44 percent above the baseline the week of July 3. Figures dropped to 11 percent above the week of July 10, then climbed to 12, 13, 15 and 18 percent through the week of Aug. 14. The week of Aug. 21 was at 17 percent above the baseline, the week of Aug. 28 was up 22 percent and the week of Sept. 6 was up 30 percent.

Grocery and pharmacy shopping continues to be above the baseline. It peaked at 20 percent the week of July 17 before falling to 9 percent up on Aug. 14, 10 percent up on Aug. 21, 15 percent up on Aug. 28 and 10 percent on Sept. 6.

Workplace mobility was down for weeks before it went to 7 percent above the baseline the week of June 27. It then fell to down 42 percent below the baseline the week of July 3. Since July 31, it has been tracking back to normal. The week of Sept. 6 was only 10 percent below the baseline.

Residential mobility had held steady at 3 percent since the week of July 3, dropping to 2 percent above the baseline the week of Aug. 7, then 1 percent above the baseline the weeks of Aug. 14 and 21. On Aug. 28, it was equal to the baseline, and for the week of Sept. 6, it moved to 2 percent below the baseline.

COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure, and symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or a new loss of taste or smell.

Anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, call a medical provider and wear a mask when near anyone who does not live in the same home.

Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation rules have been extended through Sept. 30 and include required source control masking of service providers, recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices.

For more information about COVID-19, visit, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or call the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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